Polaris Industries Inc., Medina, Minn., has recalled approximately 14,882 of its Scrambler 500 and Sportsman 400, 500, 600 and 700.
Polaris says some 2004.5 and 2005 model year Sportsman and 2005 model year Scrambler 500 ATVs were assembled with possibly defective Electronic Control Modules (ECM), which may fail and overheat. If this were to occur, excessive heat could cause a fire. Polaris has received 26 reports of the ECM overheating. No injuries have been reported.
Dealers sold these ATVs nationwide from August 2004 through February 2005 for between $5,999 and $7,299. Polaris is asking consumers to contact a Polaris ATV dealer to schedule an appointment for free ECM replacement. The company says it notified registered affected consumers directly about this recall.
All the models were manufactured in the United States. Models included in the recall are the 2004.5 Sportsman 500, A04CH50AR; 2005 Sportsman 400, A05MH42AB; 2005 Sportsman 500, A05MH50AB, A05MH50AC, A05MH50AG and A05MH50AH; 2005 Sportsman 600, A05MH59AK; 2005 Sportsman 700, A05MH68AK, A05MH68AN and A05MH68AP; and 2005 Scrambler 500, A05BG50AA.
Affected units can be verified by comparing the last six digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to a serial number range available from Polaris.
Polaris' most recent ATV-related recalls occurred in September 2004, when the company recalled 12,170 units of its 2004 model year Sportsman 700 EFI and 18,500 of its 2003 and 2004 model year Predator 500.
Polaris said it had received 19 reports that the throttle cable on the Sportsman may bind, and said 31 incidents cited gasoline leaking from a fuel line rubbing on a chassis. The company said it received 127 reports of cracked and leaking front brake lines on the Predator model.
In March 2005, the company recalled approximately 11,560 of it 900 Fusion, RMK and Switchback snowmobiles to have wiring harnesses secured.
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